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Luxury Scottish holiday house on the shores of Loch Awe with boat house, jetty,

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lochside Victorian Villa in Kilchrenan, Nr. Oban, Argyll, Scotland with Hot Tub - A unique loch side location and stunning Victorian house in the Western Highlands of Scotland

Achnasmeorach House is a luxury Scottish holiday house with magnificent scenic views and accommodation for up to 10 adults plus 2 children on the edge of Loch Awe. It enjoys an exceptional loch side position with its own private shoreline, jetty, boathouse, slipway and 7 seat hot tub. Surrounded by the dramatic and wonderful scenery of Argyll with magnificent Ben Cruachan as a backdrop and stunning views across Loch Awe, this delightful Victorian holiday house is furnished to a very high standard and offers everything required to create a relaxing and memorable Scottish short break or family vacation. Achnasmeorach House has the space and facilities to for all age groups. With plenty of living space, a wonderful large garden with football goals and play fort for the kids, a games cabin with darts, pool table and competition table football, a hot tub which seats 7 and all in a unique location and all within 12 minutes walk of one of the best Gastro Pubs in the Western Highlands, making it perfect for special occasions, memorable gatherings and short breaks for family and groups of friends. What more could you want? Strictly no pets.

Scott Gibson
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2017

About Scott Gibson

My wife and I live in central Edinburgh with our 6 teenage and twenty something children. We have owned the house for 15 years now and over the years have enjoyed many happy holidays and short breaks/long weekends with family and friends at this beautiful loch side house. Achnasmeorach House is where we 'get away from it all' and where we chill........and all within a minutes walk of the shore and 12 minutes walk of one of the best Gastro Pubs in the Western Highlands of Scotland, the Kilchrenan Inn which has recently undergone a major refurbishment. The house has everything you could expect of a family home and is a real 'home from home'.

Scott Gibson purchased this villa in 2002

Why Scott Gibson chose Scotland

The house enjoys an exceptional loch side position with its own private shoreline, jetty, boathouse, slipway and 7 seater hot tub! Surrounded by the dramatic and wonderful scenery of Argyll with magnificent Ben Cruachan as a backdrop and stunning views across Loch Awe, this Victorian house is furnished to an extremely high standard in a contemporary style and offers everything required to create a relaxing and memorable short break or vacation. We are also within walking distance of one of the best pub/restaurants in the West Highlands, which reopened on October 2016 following it's first major refurbishment in over 40 years! The house has the space and facilities for all age groups. With plenty of living space, a wonderful large garden and a unique location making it perfect for special occasions, memorable gatherings and short breaks for groups of family or friends. Over the past few years we have invested heavily in the house making it, in our opinion, one of....if not the most luxurious of Scottish holiday homes currently available on the market as a holiday house. You will not be disappointed.

What makes this villa unique

The stunning views, the shoreline and the magnificent scenery are what make the situation of this house truly unique. On the one hand it is in a relatively remote location offering peace and quiet, however the house is only a short walk from the village centre and the newly refurbished Kilchrenan Inn, a unique gastro pub with over 50 covers plus a wonderful bar fully stocked with your favourite Scottish Gins and Whiskies The house is also close by the Taychreggan Hotel which offers a 2 AA Rosette dining experience. The Ardenasaig Hotel, which offers a 3 AA Rosette dining experience is only a 5 minute drive away and Taynuilt Hotel (2AA Rosette) is 10 minutes drive away. The nearest village, Taynuilt has a train station, a 9 hole golf course, Post Office, tea room, Taynuilt Hotel (excellent restaurant/pub 2AA), grocers and butchers is a 15 minute drive. The nearest main town, Oban has great shops including a Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Homebase, Argos, New Look, Boots, Specsavers, Waterstons Books, WH Smith, Costa Coffee, Wetherspoons plus many other local shops. The town also boasts the Oban Distillery, a harbour, the main Ferry terminal to the Hebridian Islands, a train station, swimming pool, a micro brewery, and an 18 hole golf course. Oban is also has some amazing restaurants and calls itself the Sea Food Capital of Scotland. Oban airport is less than half an hours drive away giving quick and inexpensive access by plane to many of the inner and outer hebridean Islands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic week at your beautiful house, it could not have been better for us. You have thoughtfully furnished and equipped it to a fantastic high standard. Our week was a mini-family reunion and Dad kindly footed the bill, at least for the rental! The weather improved through the week and we had a lot of very warm dry weather. We made excellent use of the water and had taken our own double and single kayak. The kids swam a lot off the jetty. We had some good trips down to the Black Islands and in fact on our last day all the way down to Kilchurn Castle. Smith Family. July 2014

The house offered everything that one could imagine for an extended faimily holiday covering 3 generations set against the backdrop of Loch Awe. Even though we were blessed with good weather it wouldn't have mattered as there was something to do regardless. The setting of the house is something to behold. Would have no hesitation in recommending this property. Mrs M Duffus. May 2014

My family stayed for a week starting on the 19th July 2014 and we seemed to time it perfect for the weather. The house itself is perfect in every way with a warm homely feeling in every room. There was more than enough space for us all and the large TV room is great for movie nights. With the great weather we spent most of our time outdoors and the gardens are well tended and very peaceful with beautiful views over the loch. We enjoyed the jetty and boathouse and swam in the loch every day. The jetty is great for jumping in and getting over the cold straight away instead of inching into the water! The 3 kayaks were great fun and there were life vests to fit all sizes. Unfortunately I only got a small amount of fishing time but we used the equipment which was available and it worked perfectly well. After the cold dip in the loch we warmed up in the Jacuzzi Hot Tub and it was great at night with the lights on staring at the stars. My daughter enjoyed the pool table and darts board too. Also handy is the local hotel which is only a 5min walk away so the men enjoyed a bit of peace with a beer and a game of snooker. Oban is only 30min drive to stock up on supplies. All in all it was a great break with superb communication from the owner leading up to the break. We will definitely be back. The Kershaw Family. July 2014
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Dalmally, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower Room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Twin wash hand basins
  • Master En Suite Bathroom - Bath, Shower, wc and whb Main Bathroom - Cast iron roll top bath, separate rain shower, wc and whb Ground Floor bathroom - separate power shower, wc & whb Ground Floor WC
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Large double bedroom with view over loc. Wash hand basin
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Large double bedroom with view, dressing room and en suite.
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Twin bunk room with views to loch. Beds suitable for adults.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super King/twin with Juliette balcony and view to hill
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , SuperKing or Twin bedroom with wash hand basin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 Adults (5 Bedrooms) and 2 children (put-me-ups) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom - King Size Bed. Loch View. Dressing room/en suite with large shower and twin wash hand basins. Bedroom 2 - Double Bed with sink. Loch View Bedroom 3 -Super King or Twin Beds with sink. Bedroom 4 -Super King or Twin Beds with balcony and hill view Bedroom 5 - Two full sized (adult) built in cabin/bunk beds. Loch View
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The elegant and richly decorated Drawing Room has sumptuous seating and a wood burning stove with doors opening onto a delightful and comfortably furnished Garden Room boasting stunning loch views. French doors lead to the front terrace with BBQ and garden - perfect for summertime drinks and barbecues.The large superbly equipped open-plan kitchen/dining room provide the ideal space for gathering. With an open fire at one end and a AGA at the other, this inviting room is warm and welcoming throughout the seasons. The large table with spectacular views across Loch Awe. For those wishing to play games or watch TV there is a second Family Room. The original sweeping staircase gives a traditional Scottish country house ambience and all the bedrooms have spectacular views over Loch Awe or Ben Cruachan. The house offers comfortable and flexible holiday accommodation in a wonderful part of Scotland, suitable for family groups with or without children as well as friends or corporate groups. Outside: The house benefits from extensive secure gardens, including a burn and pond. The highlight of the house is the shoreline just yards from the front door. This is a glorious setting with a private beach & seating allowing guests to fully relax and enjoy the views. Day long barbecues and picnics can be enjoyed on the decking around the boathouse and children will delight at the opportunity to play games on the large lawn area, jump off the pier or take advantage of the private fishing rights on the loch. The jetty and slipway are ideal for those who wish to bring their own boat and boats can also be rented nearby. 3 Canoes/Kayaks and life jackets are provided for your use as well as some fishing equipment and two sets of football goals for the more energetic of you! For walkers there are some lovely walks direct from the house, along the lochside road or to the surrounding hills. After all this you can relax in the 7 seater hot tub with a glass of bubbly! 2 BBQ's are provided. Utility Room: Whirlpool America Style Washing Machine Whirlpool American Style Electric Tumble Drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedlinen is provided. We provide bath and hand towels for guests including a separate 'beach' towel for the Hot Tub. All logs for the wood burning stove and open fire are provided. Cleaning can be arranged during your visit if required. Other: Garden Room - Newly upgraded. Doors to external patio. Loch Views. Patio table and chairs & gas BBQ, overlooking loch. Games Cabin - Pool Table, Table Football, Darts. Table & chairs by Hot Tub plus BBQ. Seating on foreshore deck.


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(20 traveller reviews)


Achnasmeorach House

  • 5 of 5

This old (possibly once a farmhouse) home is beautifully situated on the edge of Loch Awe. It is south facing and has large and well kept gardens ablaze (at this time of year) with azaleas and rhododendrons. Inside it has five spacious bedrooms, one with a very modern en suite bathroom. There are three other bathrooms, all well equipped. The kitchen is warm, thanks to the Aga, and easily fits a ten adults around the counter or the long dining room table. There are two big lounges with TV and comfortable chairs. Our week was warm and sunny so the outdoor facilities were more important to us. These included the "football field" overlooked by the patio with chairs and table where drinks in the evening sun were enjoyed every evening. To the rear was the hot tub, the games room (pool, darts, bar football) and the children's play centre. Across the road there was a boat house with three canoes, paddles and life jackets all available for the use of guests. Everything was in working order and just as described in the owner's brochure.

Our family week (eight adults, two 'teens and two toddlers) was a big success because of the comforts and facilities of Achnasmeorach House and its position in the heart of wonderful walking country. The drive to Oban (about 30 minutes) was easy and we loved the town for its harbour, interesting shops, restaurants and distillery.

This note does not do justice to the fun we had together in this lovely place. I can only say go there and try it yourself, it will not disappoint.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding property and location

  • 5 of 5

Exceptional property that is beautifully decorated but also has a relaxed ambience with pleasant public rooms. It was very well maintained and clean while enjoying a wonderful aspect very close to the loch.

We had a delicious lunch in Oban at Ee-Usk, the fish restaurant on the seafront while the local inn does good pub food and is a short walk from the house. We had also pre-ordered meat from Grant's, the local butcher in Taynuilt, which was very high quality.

There are lots of things to do locally and the highlight for our group (of 10) was the boat trip from Easdale with Seafari. Only regrets are that I wished we could have stayed longer and brought bicycles given the proximity of the house to the quiet loch-side road.

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Winter Holiday in a superb cosy home

  • 5 of 5

We simply had the most wonderful Xmas holiday at Achnasmeorach ! From the moment we arrived to a welcome bottle of champagne & shortbread and walked into a beautiful, spacious and superbly decorated house. We all thought WOW!

From the drive down the Loch road past woodlands and waterfalls we saw some potentially nice walks which we never managed due to the changeable weather, but that didn't spoil our time as the house was so well positioned to look out and just watch the weather happen across the Loch & mountains. We knew we were going to enjoy a very relaxing stay here.

We couldn't wait to light the log fire and settle down for a cosy relaxing time. We were spoilt for choice of what to do next, by enjoying the games together in the family room, relaxing in front of one of the many films from the collection, chatting & relaxing in the dining room in the front of the fire, the sitting room in front of the wood burner or some competition in the games room - of course we all loved the daily early evening hot tub !

The recently refurbished Kilchrenan Innis only a short walk (10 mins) away is very warm & friendly - we enjoyed lovely food and a pleasant welcome.

Thank you so much Scott & Marrion for a very memorable Christmas in your beautiful house. We will definitely be looking to return sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Holiday House

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a stunning location, which has everything you could possibly need for a fabulous holiday. The house itself is very nicely furnished and decorated, with all the kitchen equipment etc that you might need. There are many toys and games for children both inside, outside and in the separate games room. The hot tub is a nice feature and we all enjoyed a few evenings in there. The loch-side location is simply stunning and we spent a lot of time picnicking down by the water, taking out the kayaks, fishing in the loch (unsuccessfully sadly!) and enjoying the beautiful scenery. There is also so much to do in the surrounding area that you almost can't fit it all in to a week. We did a day trip to Mull, a "seafari" trip and a distillery tour, amongst other things. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday in a fantastic home. I would not hesitate to recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The holiday that had something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this holiday to accommodate the needs of three generations with different needs and expectations and it really did do just that. There were the four Munros, the kayaks, the games room, to mention a few options for the fit and competitive members of the party and then there was the superb garden, scenery, hot tub, boat trips all of which catered for the less active amongst us. The house itself was amazing, so homely and a perfect place for us all to gather in the evenings and enjoy a meal together. The facilities left us wanting for nothing and there were very generous provisions provided in the kitchen to allow us to cook and even to bake! We made full use of everything in the house and area and even went out to the Island of Easdale by boat, a great success allowing an 82 year old in the party to take part fully! We certainly have many fond memories of our holiday and hope to return in the future. Thank you to the owners who were very helpful from beginning to end!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply stunning!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing house and location. There were 11 of us spanning 4 generations and there was more than enough space for us all. We all loved Achnasmeorach House. It had something for everyone. We all thoroughly enjoyed the peace and tranquillity, the beautiful house and gardens. The hot tub, games room and kayaks/canoe were a real bonus - it was difficult to get the kids out of them!

We had a couple of things that needed to be arranged, such as a chair for the shower for my elderly grandmother-in-law. But, the owner was kind enough to be available to sort these out immediately, which was very reassuring.

The only downside was that the wifi seemed to be a little temperamental. But, this is a very small niggle (and not even one of mine. The kids shouldn't be on tech when on holiday in the highlands anyway!).

If you do go and wish to hire a boat, Cliff at Loch Awe Boats is a really lovely guy and will collect you from the house's jetty to get the boat and take you back again when the hire period is up. He even threw in a few cups of coffee and ice cream for the kids!

We very much hope to visit again. Maybe next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
3 Jun 2017 - 10 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
17 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
19 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
29 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 5
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
9 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7
25 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 8
14 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 9
28 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 10
4 Nov 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

Booking Notes:
Please visit our web site www.achnasmeorachhouse.co.uk or contact the owner on 07836 705109

Changeover Day:
Usually a Saturday however we can be very flexible depending on house availability.

Notes on prices:
Please contact us for special short break rates or for last minute deals. We can usually be very flexible.

30% deposit required at time of booking with the balance plus security deposit due and payable 12 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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